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UHD Review A few words about...™ Hell or High Water -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Feb 15, 2018.

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    Robert Harris

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    I'm a fan of David Mackenzie's Hell or High Water, and was greatly appreciative of the original Blu-ray release, which arrived late in 2016.

    Some fifteen months later, Lionsgate has re-issued the film, now as part of their 4k program.

    Here's what I'm seeing.

    The original Blu-ray, based upon data files, and the 2k DI, was superb.

    The new 4k incarnation, along with HDR is more of the same, albeit, at least in projection, with omnipresent heavy mid-tonalities. I actually preferred the look of the original.

    The 4k really adds nothing here, as one's player can do the same, or virtually the same, MOHDR.

    That noted, if you don't yet have this in your library, 4k is the way to go, as it allows the choice between formats.

    Although reported to be included, there is no Dolby Atmos on this release.


    Image - 5

    Audio - 5

    4k - 5

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Upgrade from Blu-ray - No

    Recommended

    RAH

     
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    Wow not recommended for an upgrade if you already own the Blu-ray?

    What Lionsgate did with this title is the reason why I haven't bought the Blu-ray of Wind River as I've already watched it twice in a movie theater so I can afford to be patient with this title.
     
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    I wasn't planning on upgrading my BD copy anyway, but thanks for validating that decision, Robert.
     
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    My iTunes copy was upgraded to 4K so I’m good.
     
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    I liked the movie a lot, but I don't think I'd get my money's worth in replays if I bought the 4K since I already have the BD.
     
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    If you already have the Blu, you gain little from 4k.
     
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    I have the same feelings regarding the 4K discs of Get Out, Trainspotting 2 and Moonlight. Apart from, maybe, a subtle colour difference, I haven't seen any benefits from an upscaled 4K disc from a 2K DI. Nothing like the differences seen between a blu ray disc and a 4K UHD disc, with native 4K resolution.
     
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    I'm a bit surprised that this has yet to be mentioned on this forum, but the disc, and the disc case, both state that Hell or High Water 4K has Dolby Atmos audio, and THAT was the main reason for me to upgrade from the blu-ray. The fact that there is NO Dolby Atmos is certainly a good reason to get your money back if so disposed.
     
  10. Robert Harris

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    Afraid that I channeled my thoughts toward imagery on this one, and never checked to confirm Atmos.

    Alas, I cannot.

    Presumably an error in packaging design.
     

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